December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Suffolk’s MPs have come together to plead with the Prime Minister to drop controversial plans to introduce a toll on the new A14 Huntingdon by-pass.
Six of the county’s seven MPs met the Prime Minister to press the case – Central Suffolk MP Dr Dan Poulter had to miss the meeting because of ministerial business.
The meeting was arranged by Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey, who said: “It was a very constructive meeting with all MPs contributing.
“The Prime Minister listened intently to our concerns and said he would discuss the matter further with the Chancellor. He did not make any promises but we would not expect that at this time.”
She added: “We put across a strong case on behalf of Suffolk residents and businesses. We will continue to do so with the Secretary of State for Transport, the Treasury and the Highways Agency.”
Ministers have said a toll is necessary to help pay for the £1.5 billion new road.
Meanwhile members of Ipswich council put aside political differences to agree a motion critical of the toll proposals.
The motion, welcoming proposals to improve the road but opposed to the toll, was proposed by Labour council leader David Ellesmere and was seconded by Conservative opposition leader Chris Stewart.
Mr Ellesmere said: “The A14 is an important piece of national infrastructure and congestion problems need to be addressed.
“But tolling the A14 cannot be allowed to go ahead. It is a tax on Suffolk and will act as a huge drag on the local economy.”